Fettuccine Timbale

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Fettuccine Timbale

Fettuccine Timbale

Baked pasta dishes are tasty, but notoriously high in fat—here we bake fettuccine in a light and cheesy sauce. Baking it in a springform pan lets you unmold it for a stunning presentation.

Nutrition Profile: Heart Healthy   High Calcium   High Fiber   Low Sat Fat  

Serves 8

Prep Time 25 min

Total Time 90 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat milk, heated
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups grated part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 15-ounce c nonfat ricotta cheese
  • 2 ounces prosciutto, or lean ham, cut in 1/4-inch dice
  • 4 tablespoon freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound whole-wheat fettuccine

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Coat pan with 1/4 cup breadcrumbs, tapping out the excess. Put a pot of water on to boil for cooking pasta.

Step 2

Heat oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and cook, whisking constantly, for 1 to 2 minutes. Add hot milk and bring to a simmer, whisking, until smooth and slightly thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add nutmeg and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a large bowl; let cool for 5 minutes. Add eggs, mozzarella, ricotta, prosciutto (or ham) and 2 tablespoons Parmesan. Mix well.

Step 3

Meanwhile, cook fettuccine in boiling salted water until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse well. Add to the cheese mixture and mix well.

Step 4

Spoon the pasta mixture into prepared pan. Mix the remaining 1/4 cup breadcrumbs and 2 tablespoons Parmesan in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the timbale.

Step 5

Bake the timbale until bubbly, 40 to 55 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the inside edge of the pan, remove ring and place timbale on a platter. Cut into wedges and serve.


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